Friday, December 15th, 2006
A Short Story to Reflect upon as the Holidays Pass
You need not be a sci-fi fan because, as with all good sci-fi, it deals with human issues. Shaw crafted an elegant 3,000 word piece that was later developed into a book, Other Days, Other Eyes. The book takes a broader look at some of the social implications of the ideas raised in the short story.
I’m going to chance this blog posting, wagering that the story is worth my recommendation that you take 10 to 15 minutes out of your hectic dot-com Christmas shopping schedule to read and reflect. Let me know if you end up feeling the same.
Light of Other Days by Bob Shaw (full text online)
Afterward, read this Charlotte Observer newspaper article, If only we could see our children through slow glass, which contemplates Shaw’s story, human memory and how we cherish our kids.
And as long as we’re taking a quiet break from Christmas shopping, here’s one more story I’ve had tucked away a long while. It is titled Old Friends, and was written by Phil from A Family Runs Through It. The blog posting begins with a priceless photo from 1972 showing Phil and his best friends, and ends with reflections about the simplicity of his childhood, a simplicity that may not be possible for today’s kids.